MAKING AN IMPACT TOGETHER. THANK YOU.

Above all else, the National Network for Youth is on a mission to transform systems so that no young person in America experiences homelessness. 

In the face of a global pandemic, uprisings in response to systemic racism, and an economic crisis, NN4Y has been at the forefront supporting our youth provider network, young leaders, and advocating for the needs of youth experiencing homelessness and those at-risk of trafficking.  

Your support helped fuel policy and practice solutions, shift decision-making power to young leaders and youth service providers, and foster relationships and connections among diverse and key stakeholders. The update below details our top accomplishments in 2020, which we have achieved only because of the dedication and hard work of partners like you. 

As we enter 2021, we are excited to continue to deepen our impact, expand our diverse partnerships, and bring our world closer to ensuring that every young person has a safe place to call home. Join us in making an impact.

OUR TOP IMPACTS OF 2020

OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION:

  • The Board unanimously approved a new three-year strategic plan, which makes a deep commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion both internally and in the support we provide to our members. This is just the beginning. In the next three years, we will be rolling out robust training and research to inform system-level changes. 

INVESTING IN AND STRENGTHENING THE WORK OF YOUTH PROVIDER AGENCIES:

  • Pivoted our work amidst the coronavirus pandemic to get information quickly to service providers, provide support to providers through weekly office hours, and supported our young leaders.

  • Successfully advocated for $25 million in CARES Act dollars to go to Runaway and Homeless Youth Act grantee agencies to help pay for the increased expenses in serving our young people amidst the pandemic.

  • We partnered with Baker McKenzie to create a guide for youth experiencing homelessness to access economic stimulus payment and tax resources for providers. Additionally, we advocated with Congress and the treasury to make it easier for youth experiencing homelessness to access these funds.

  • We wrote and submitted comments in opposition to proposed changes to HUD’s Equal Access Rule with our Policy Advisory Committee and National Youth Advisory Council.

DRIVING CHANGE AND INNOVATION:

  • To prevent and solve youth homelessness in America, communities must work together on multi-sector strategies to decrease youth homelessness incidence and consequences. NN4Y is leading and expanding this important collaborative work in communities across the country. This past year we provided guidance, resources, and training and technical assistance to five communities through our Local Cross System
    Collaborations on Youth Homelessness.

  • To better understand the challenges and strategies for addressing youth homelessness in rural areas, we commissioned a study by Chapin Hall to inform the design of a pilot initiative to address rural youth homelessness. Read the report online: Challenges and opportunities in addressing rural youth homelessness: Stakeholder focus group findings. 

ELEVATING THE EXPERTISE OF YOUTH:

  • Involving youth who have experienced homelessness as partners is a key component of effective change. This past year, we made a further commitment to embed the National Youth Advisory Council’s expertise into our work. 

  • In 2020, we hosted our seventh annual National Summit on Youth Homelessness, featuring our National Youth Advisory Council, four breakout session tracks, Hill Day advocacy, and our Federal Agency Roundtable Discussion. NN4Y Youth Advisors led sessions on approaches and policy solutions to foster permanent supportive connections, best practices for meeting with congressional staff, and techniques on how to share youth experience to transform systems effectively. We encourage you to join us at the eighth annual Summit on March 24-25, 2020. Register today

PROTECTING YOUTH AND FAMILIES: 

  • In collaboration with SchoolHouse Connection and Family Promise, we co-hosted bipartisan congressional briefings about the coronavirus’s impact on youth and families experiencing homelessness. 

  • We worked with our partners to draft and get the Emergency Family Stabilization Act introduced – a bipartisan bill that would create a temporary
    emergency fund to serve children, youth and families experiencing homelessness administered at the Administration on Children and Families at HHS.

DRIVING RESEARCH TO INFORM POLICY AND SUPPORT PROVIDERS

  • We published and disseminated high quality and responsive resource guides, fact sheets, and reports to educate and advise service providers, systems representatives, and policymakers. Some of our publications included:
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Darla Bardine

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December 18, 2020

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